Beattie keen to shine for Gers
James Beattie has vowed to score goals for Rangers this season and hopes to impress alongside Kenny Miller.
Last Updated: 15/08/10 10:14pm
James Beattie is confident he can score goals for Rangers this season and is looking to cement a dangerous partnership with Kenny Miller.
The 32-year-old striker featured in the Gers' Scottish Premier League curtain-raiser against Kilmarnock on Saturday just 24 hours after completing his move from Stoke.
Beattie's lack of match sharpness was evident in Rangers' 2-1 win having barely been used at City following a row with manager Tony Pulis last December.
However, following his 80 minute run-out alongside fellow forward Miller, Beattie is adamant the pair can forge a formidable partnership at Ibrox.
"I've known Kenny for a while. He's good friends with Joleon Lescott, who I'm good friends with," said Beattie.
"I've watched him from time to time and I know he's a great player. I'm looking forward to playing up-front with him, even though it was a bit earlier than I expected to play.
"If you put two good players together, it's going to be a good partnership. I'm confident that I'll score goals wherever I play. It doesn't matter where it is."
Manager Walter Smith called on Beattie to strengthen his threadbare squad after Steve Davis returned from international duty for Northern Ireland with a virus, and the striker was delighted to step in.
"I found out I was playing about two hours beforehand. I didn't even know that Davo was ill," he added.
"But I gathered something was happening when the manager pulled me into the office because I knew I hadn't been here long enough to do anything wrong!
"Even before he started talking, I was going to say I would love to play.
"I've done the whole pre-season and I've not missed any days. But I haven't played - or been allowed to play - games against decent opposition.
"I'll work hard this week and do some stuff. I'm sure the fitness coaches have got something lined up for me this week, which I'm more than happy to do.
"You get your match sharpness from the games and hopefully I'll be able to retain my place and play on Sunday."